By Johnny Edward:
Victoria Setubal manager Lito Vidigal has heaped plaudits on his Nigerian midfielder Mikel Agu and his teammates after they reached the last 16 of the Taca de Portugal with a 4-1 win over second division side FC Penafiel, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
A brace from Nuno Valente and goals by Jhonder Cadiz and Frederick Mendy ended Penafiel’s campaign in front of their home fans at the Estadio Municipal de 25 April.
Agu came close to extending his team’s lead but his shot hit the side netting in the 38th minute.
“Congratulations to my players, they remain serious, professional and want to evolve,” Vidigal said in his post-match interview.
“The team continues to work well to have a positive mindset. We are becoming more and more competitive and that’s the mentality of Vitoria which is gradually being absorbed by the players.
“We have achieved our objective though it was much more difficult than what the result expressed.”
Nigeria international, Agu, was however all over the pitch breaking up the opposition’s play while launching his team’s offensive from the middle.
For Agu, this is a another positive thing to show that his decision to come to Setubal was a good one following his dramatic turn-around in form for club and country.
“For me Setubal is like a second home, they like me here based on what I did last two seasons (on loan here), so this has helped to build up my confidence and it’s reflecting in my performances,” Agu told CSN.
Agu who is on a season loan deal from FC Porto admit that he will love to extend his stayvat Vitoria Setubal beyond summer.
“Definitely. I’ve found peace and love here so I’m thriving. However, Setubal is a small team, so I don’t think they will be able to afford what FC Porto will demand for my signature.”
Setubal sit in the eighth spot in the Primeira Liga table after taking 10 points from their last five league games. They will play away on December 1 to 13th-placed Maritimo who have lost their last five games